It's amazing how busy I am despite only taking one course at school this semester. I thought I'd be able to take it pretty easy for these next four months, but that's not going to be the case at all. It looks like I may be taking on more responsibility at my job, plus I still have volunteering at my professor's nutrition practice and my work as a Research Assistant on my plate. On the side I'm also doing a few nutrition-related projects for some family friends and former employers. I've got my hands full!
Since I tend to be all over the place on any given day, I need quick snacks that I can pack up easily and take with me wherever I go. And luckily I got a Christmas gift that has made that easier for me:
A Cuisinart 12-cup food processor!!! I've been wanting one of these for ages because my mini 4-cup food processor just doesn't cut it when it comes to grinding most foods. So far there's nothing this baby can't handle though.
On Wednesday I had a 45 minute break between physiotherapy and volunteering, so I used it to make a batch of my homemade hummus. This has made a great packable snack with some cut up veggies and whole wheat crackers (although I should probably pack a toothbrush with me too - talk about garlic breath!).
I've also been snacking on the gingerbread date balls I showed you in my last post. These little balls may be small (TWSS), but they pack a good punch of energy!
Gingerbread snack balls
3/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 cups pitted dates
3 tbsp molasses
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/16 tsp salt
1/3 cup white chocolate wafers
In a food processor grind the almonds until they are chopped into small pebble-sized pieces. Then add the oats, dates, molasses, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Grind until it is mixed well and it is the consistency of a very thick paste. Use your hands to roll it into balls and place them in the fridge on a parchment-lined baking sheet for a few hours until firm.
Then melt the white chocolate wafers in a double boiler on the stove and scoop it into a piping bag or a strong plastic bag with a small hole cut into one corner. Pipe the chocolate back and forth onto the balls, then place them back in the fridge to harden. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
What's your favourite thing to make in a food processor?
What snacks do you like to have on hand for busy days?